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Changes You'd Like To See in the Honda Civic Hybrid

PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,854
Put on your thinking cap, break out your wish list, and let us know what you would do to improve upon the Civic Hybrid!

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  • jeepvanjeepvan Posts: 46
    I would like a few more colors from civic, (honda needs to be bold) like the Prius.

    If they can make the front (nose) appear a little more nicer, it would be great.
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,842
    Add sunroof as an option.
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,854
    How bold would you go with the colors? ;)

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  • 1. better milege like PRIUS
    2. folding rear seats
    3. smart key
    4. Blooth option
  • I am always trying to figure out how hard to press the accelerator to get maximum efficiency during acceleration. I would like 3 buttons -- best efficiency acceleration, medium efficiency acceleration, and less efficient acceleration. These would correspond to 3 levels of acceleration depending on how much of a hurry you are in ... When reaching your desired speed, press the cruise set button to hold that speed.
  • It would be nice to set a maximum RPM limit while in cruise control mode... it is annoying in hilly country to see the RPM go way up when climbing a hill --
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,788
    "It would be nice to set a maximum RPM limit while in cruise control mode... it is annoying in hilly country to see the RPM go way up when climbing a hill --"

    You do realize that the car would slow down further and further if you limit the engine?
  • right -- but I think mpg in hilly country would be improved with only a slight sacrifice of speed up hills.
  • Better mileage; fix the "lurch forward" syndrome; lose the "bullnose" front slant; normal hubcaps; solid black;
  • I always thought a cruise control that would give up a few mph on hills would be a good idea, especially in a car like the HCH. I hate it when my car (4cyl, auto) drops one or two gears at 65-70 mph just to maintain a speed, when losing 2-3 mph would probably allow it to remain on the torque converter. All this can be done with a careful foot on the gas, so why not the control logic for the cruise control?
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,788
    "right -- but I think mpg in hilly country would be improved with only a slight sacrifice of speed up hills."

    A 1.3 liter Atkinson cycle engine? As soon as the battery depleted, you would be at 1/2 of the original speed (depending on hill steepness).
  • kds30136kds30136 Posts: 2
    :confuse: I've had my Civic Hybrid about two weeks and I've had it in the shop twice. Once to replace the driver side seat frame and again to replace the padding on the driver side. There seems to be something screwed up with some of the seats. It seems like the right side is farther back then the left. And the left seat back cushion diggs into my left shoulder blade making it sore. I wanted a hybrid and I chose the Civic over Prius be cause the seat backs were wider and more comfortable. But there seems to be some inconsistency's with how they are maked. I've sat in some on the dealer lot and they seem fine. Others seem just like mine. I should have paid more attention to this prior to my purchace. But I thought all of the Civic Hybrid were created equal.

    In Summary wider, more comfortable seats.
  • kds30136kds30136 Posts: 2
    :) First off my favorite part of the Civic is the Gas Mileage indicator right next to the speedometer. This is one BIG improvement over the Prius. I would like to see the other important minute to minute gages right next to it like the battery charger and boost gauge. Bluetooth would be great. The sound system with the bass kit sounds exceptional. I can't complain about that. The last item is covered storage around the car. Most of the little nooks and cubby holes are all open. I like the Prius for its innovative use of compartments. Lots of them and they are all covered.

    The handling I've had with the Civic is great. The smaller thicker rally like steering wheel is very tight feeling. Less body roll around the corners than the Prius.
  • Was not real impressed with the seats. They looked like they were stolen from a Yugo. I expected something nicer in a car that is not bottom of the line. I was not real happy with the choices of interior colors. The tan interior just seemed to bright. The blueish interior was just bad. Automatic headlights that turn off would be key.
  • I own the Opal Blue Silver 07 civic hybrid. I wish they offered that green from the NGV GX civic and I wish they offered black and tango red. Also they should offer grey seats in addition to the blue and ivory. They should also offer leather. I think that might attract some of the luxury SUV folk into a car the civics size.
  • I agree. The seats are not that comfortable. I have only had mine a few days and maybe I have not found my ideal seating position yet, but more cushioning and power seats would be nice as an option. Also the interior colors are goofy. I went with the blue interior as Tan in my old car showed lots of dirt. But the two tone blue/tan is an odd look. I would like charcoal interior and yes some more exciting exterior colors as well.
  • 1stpik1stpik Posts: 495
    I wish Honda would raise the price of new HCHs, so that my used one would be worth more money.
  • jagmarzjagmarz Posts: 1
    Improvements I'd like:

    1. Heads-up tach; fast acceleration is killer for MPG, but really hard to gage RPM when watching road; I used to get 50+MPG (when I was really careful), now only 41.
    2. Total control over air flow, A/C and Econ setting. Right now, if I want air on the windshield (even for light fogging), the A/C comes on and the econ goes off (on my 2003). When I turn defrost off, the A/C stays on! I want to direct outside air to the windshield without turning on A/C and turning off Econ.
    3. Factory window tint. It's hot in Arizona!
    4. Smoother transition into cruise. I find I get the best mileage when cruise is on, but cruise doesn't work below 25MPH, so I'd like for the cruise computer to be smarter about resuming cruise after stop.
    5. Electric only, for short trips; overnight plugin. I can dream, right?
    6. Absolute (digital) cruise speed setting.
    7. More storage in console. I like the hand brake, but it could move elsewhere.
  • As much as I love my '06 Accord Coupe EX, having a car with better gas mileage is important to me. I'm averaging about 27 MPG on an average tank of gas, which is respectable, but I would love a Hybrid that gets 40+ MPG.

    I'm not a big fan of the Prius, so I'd pick the Civic Hybrid, but there are just a few things about the Civic that drive me crazy. For the 2009 MMC, I would love to see some exterior revisions - new bumpers, grille, and revised rear. It sounds like we will be getting those changes and I hope they are for the better. I'm not a huge fan of the Hybrid's flying saucer rims - I know they have a function, but I wish they were a little nicer. New exterior colors are a must! Alabaster Silver is nice but there are just too many of them on the road. I really like the exclusive Hybrid colors, Magnetic and Opal Blue. But they need to ditch the hideous Galaxy Gray and get something nicer. And a few more color options on the Hybrid would be nice, too. I don't understand why they limit the choices.

    As for the interior of the Civic/Hybrid... umm... can we have a do-over? The space-age dash, two-tiered instrument panel, gear shift... rip it all out and start over. And would it be so hard to put doors/covers on the cubby holes and storage areas? And for the love of God, offer gray or charcoal fabric instead of blue!
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